Monday, July 16, 2012

Fide Parum, Multum Vide

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Fide Parum, Multum Vide
Fide parum, multumque vide; nam fidere multum,
Et vidisse parum, maxima damna parit.

Source: Giuseppe Gatti, Sales Poetici, Proverbiales, et Iocosi (1703). Meter: Elegiac. Note the use of the perfect infinitive, vidisse, "to have seen."

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

Trust only a little (fide parum), and observe much (multumque vide); for to trust much (nam fidere multum) and to have seen little (et vidisse parum) results in the worst injuries (maxima damna parit).

fīdō, fīdere: trust in, be confident in

damnum -ī n.: damage, injury
et: and
māximus -a -um: greatest; māximē: most, especially, very much
multus -a -um: much, many; multō, by far
nam or namque: for, indeed, really
pariō parere peperī partum: bring forth, give birth to; accomplish
parum: too little
que (enclitic) - and
videō vidēre vīdī vīsum: see